Thomas is from Northeastern Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor of music education with a double major in music education and Bible from Clarks Summit University (formerly Baptist Bible College). He is currently in progress of both a Master of Music degree in education from Kutztown university as well as certification in biblical counseling through ACBC.
Tom has studied both composition and clarinet and has had unique and wonderful opportunities in both areas. He recently has had some music commissioned and has some promising prospects in the near future for more.
Tom is currently a music teacher at Dallas area school district in Dallas, PA. Tom directs the 8th grade band, 9-12th grade band, and marching band. He also teaches theory, guitar, and digital music. Tom also has private clarinet and composition students. In addition, he is principal clarinet with the Northerntier Symphony Orchestra and 1st clarinet with the Northeast Appalachian Wind Ensemble.
Tom also is quite active at his church (High Point Baptist Church). He serves on the music team, he is one of the youth group teachers, and has temporarily directed the music for a few months during a time of transition. He hopes to begin in the counseling ministry at his church with preliminary ACBC certification by the end of the summer.
His hobbies include cooking Italian food, learning Italian, growing plants and herbs, and studying the Bible.
Andrew Harry holds a master’s degree in piano performance from Columbus State University, where he studied with Alexander Kobrin, and an undergraduate degree in performance from Bob Jones University. He performs frequently as a solo and collaborative pianist throughout the Midwestern and Southeastern regions of the United States. Currently, Andrew is the coordinator of the Schwob School of Music Preparatory Division at Columbus State University and an adjunct faculty member of LaGrange College. He also maintains a private teaching studio in Columbus, GA and serves on the piano faculty of the Csehy Summer School of Music in Houghton, New York.
Michael A. Harcrow is a Texas native who holds music degrees from West Texas State University, the University of Miami, and the University of North Texas. For nearly fourteen years, Dr. Harcrow was an active performer and teacher in South Korea where he held faculty positions at Mokwon University in Taejon and at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul; he was concurrently principal horn in the Korean Symphony Orchestra at the Seoul Arts Center. In the United States, he has been a member of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, the South Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Miami City Ballet Orchestra, and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, in addition to performing regularly with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, among others. Dr. Harcrow held a three-year teaching fellowship at the University of North Texas and has also taught at Texas Woman’s University and Midwestern State University. He is founder of the Covered Bridge Brass, and he is an active composer and adjudicator.
Currently a doctoral fellow at Temple University in the studio of Charles Abramovic, Gretchen Hull is a freelance recitalist, chamber musician, and teacher based in Philadelphia. In November of 2016 Gretchen gave a lecture-recital on 20th century piano literature of unusual and often unearthly beauty by a group of lesser-known Norwegian composers, whose music she performed in many venues on the East and West Coasts in her winter/spring 2017 recital tour, "The Glacier is Silent." Gretchen has given recitals for numerous concert series throughout the East Coast including a fully televised recital for WSKG’s TV series Expressions. She also has been heard performing and/or been interviewed on the WCNY, WSKG, and WPEL radio stations, as well as WSKG’s television show Artist Café.
A past participant in the Chautauqua Piano Program and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, she has most recently been a semifinalist in the Pianale International Piano Academy and Competition in Schlitz, Germany. This summer, Gretchen traveled to Québec to study and perform in the Domaine Forget Academy Solo Piano program, and is traveling later to Norway to study harpsichord with Ketil Haugsand at the Ringve early music performance practice course in Inderøy, Trøndelag. Gretchen has performed in masterclasses led by Garrick Ohlsson, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Jerome Rose, Marcantonio Barone, Angela Cheng, and Sonia Lee (harpsichord). She is also the pianist and a founding member of the Philadelphia-based piano trio Trio Amaranth. Other teachers past and present include Ms. Natalie Zhu, Ms. Rebecca Penneys, Dr. Michael Landrum, Dr. Samuel Hsu, and Ms. Monique Leduc. Gretchen Hull received her master’s degree at Temple University and her undergraduate degree from Houghton College, where she studied under Fleisher student William Newbrough.
Hailed by the press for his “bold, rich sound” (Strad Magazine) and “nuanced musicianship,” (New York Times) Israeli Cellist Michael Katz has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in venues such as Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Tokyo’s Oji Hall, Eindhoven’s Philips Hall, and Jerusalem’s Henry Crown Auditorium. He has performed at music festivals such as Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, Sarasota, Orford, Kfar Bloom and others and has collaborated with conductors such as James DePriest, David Stern and Menachem Nebenhaus. His musicianship has been recognized with many awards, among them all three awards at the 2011 Aviv Competition, first prizes at the 2010 Juilliard School’s Concerto Competition, and the 2005 Turjeman Competition, as well as scholarships from the America Israel Cultural Foundation and the Ronen Foundation
As the cellist of the Lysander Piano Trio, Mr. Katz was a winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and was awarded first prizes at the 2011 Coleman Competition and 2011 J.C. Arriaga Competition. He has collaborated and performed with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Laurence Lesser, Donald Weilerstein, David Finckel, Anthony Marwood, Peter Frankl, Charles Neidich, Roger Tapping, Violaine Melancon, Paul Biss, and Yehudi Wyner. He has participated in chamber music programs such as the Steans Institue for Young Artists and the Perlman Music Program.
Deeply committed to community outreach and education, Mr. Katz is currently a Fellow in Ensemble ACJW, a program of Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School which trains the next generation of performers to be artists and teachers that hold a deep commitment to the communities in which they live and work. He was previously selected to be part of a special string quartet led by Midori to play outreach concerts in Myanmar and Japan as part of the 2013-2014 International Community Engagement Program.
Mr. Katz has a great passion for expanding the cello repertoire with both lesser known and contemporary works. He has premiered works by Yehudi Wyner, Malcolm Payton, Sergio Natra, Ofer Ben-Amots, Mohammed Fairouz, Jakub Ciupinski, Eric Moe, Huang Ruo, and others.
Born in Tel-Aviv Israel, Mr. Katz began his cello studies at age 7. Among his teachers in Israel were Zvi Plesser, Hillel Zori and the late Mikhail Khomitzer. Mr. Katz received his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory where he studied with Laurence Lesser and his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where he studied with Joel Krosnick. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree at SUNY Stony Brook as a student of Colin Carr.
Angela Kinney McBrearty was appointed assistant professor of flute at Houghton College in 2008. As a performer, Dr. McBrearty plays in the AMA flute trio and the innovative Roan Trio which performs using multimedia and dance as part of the program. She also holds the position of instructor of flute at 171 Cedar Arts center in Corning NY where she holds a large flute studio. Through 171, Dr. McBrearty began the Crystal City Flute Choir founded in 2009.
Prior to joining the faculty at Houghton College, Dr. McBrearty was assistant professor of flute and music education at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. In this position she served as supervisor of student teachers as well as taught classes in instrumental music education, flute choir, and curriculum development to graduate students. While at Mansfield, Dr. McBrearty began the Flutissimo flute event for high school students. This event was a masterclass and flute choir performance by all attending. Dr. McBrearty was also adjunct professor of winds at Alfred University. Previously she was an instrumental music in Roscoe, NY and in Newfield, NY where she taught high school band and choir.
Dr. McBrearty received her DMA in music education from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY. Her dissertation addressed flute pedagogy as it pertains to the beginner flute. Previously, she earned her MM in flute performance from Binghamton University and an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Houghton College. Flute teachers have included Bonita Boyd, Anne Harrow, Georgetta Maiolo, and Lois Wilt. She has also performed for Thomas Nyfenger.
As a performer, Dr. McBrearty served as principal flute with the Williamsport Symphony orchestra and has performed with the Orchestra of the Southern Fingerlakes. She is also founder/conductor of the Crystal City Flute Choir which frequently performs in the Central New York region.
Dr. McBrearty has given workshops on flute technique and instrumental education at music education conferences in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Clinics have included the music learning theory, teaching improvisation in high school baroque flute solos and as well as beginner flute technique and building a flute choir in the high school. She also presented at the National Flute Association conference in Dallas Texas presenting on flute technique through the use of etudes. Articles published have appeared in Flute Talk and PMEA News.
Perspective students can peruse the web site www.corningflutestudio.com to find out more information on private flute or voice instruction and about the Crystal City Flute Choir.
JONATHAN RAJASEELAN received his B.S. in music from Yale University, where he studied organ and conducting at the Institute of Sacred Music. He served as the music director of the Berkeley College Orchestra, the assistant conductor of the Yale Glee Club, and music director of the Opera Theatre of Yale College. While a member of Trinity Baptist Church in New Haven, CT, Jonathan served as their director of special music from 2013-2015. Currently, he is the music director of the Lancaster Chorale and Orchestra and the conducting fellow in residence with Choralis. An active chamber musician in the Washington D.C. area, Jonathan continues to perform in recitals and serves as the accompanist for the Cantus Children's choir of Washington, the Choral Arts Chamber Singers, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. He is also the organist at Falls Church Episcopal in Falls Church, VA.
Guitarist Timothy Shannon has performed throughout the country as a soloist and in a variety of chamber music settings. His performance of the music of Villa Lobos has been described as “magical” and “inspired” (Jonathan Dunsby, Eastman School Of Music) He has collaborated with artists such as internationally acclaimed soprano Aprile Millo, guitarist Petar Kodzas, and is a founding member of the Rochester Guitar Duo.
Dr. Shannon currently teaches at Roberts Wesleyan College and the Hochstein Music School, both located in Rochester, NY. Since joining the faculty at Roberts Wesleyan, Dr. Shannon has established the RWC Guitar Ensemble and the Guitar Performance Program, where he integrates the study of Guitar Pedagogy and the history and literature of the guitar.
Timothy Shannon completed his doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music under the direction of Nicholas Goluses. In addition to his guitar studies at Eastman Timothy also studied Baroque performance practice with world-renown lutenist Paul O’Dette. During his years as a student Timothy also studied with Joanne Castellani of the Castellani - Andriaccio Duo, as well as taken master classes with Christopher Parkening, Sharon Isbin, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He lives in Rochester, NY with his wife Donna and their daughter Kate.
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, violinist Benjamin Shute has performed internationally on modern and period instruments as concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and concertmaster of the Boston Chamber Orchestra and other ensembles. After early training with Kathleen Hastings and Lee Snyder, he studied at the New England Conservatory and the conservatories of Freiburg and Frankfurt, where his teachers included Rainer Kussmaul (first concertmaster, Berlin Philharmonic), Bernhard Forck (concertmaster, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin), Lucy Chapman, and Masuko Ushioda. Prior to joining the OBU faculty in summer 2016, he taught at Cairn University, Dickinson College and Cecil College as well as summer festivals in Italy, France, and Japan. He is the author of the book Sei Solo: Symbolum? The Theology of J. S. Bach’s Solo Violin Works (Pickwick, 2016) in addition to critical reconstructions of J. S. Bach’s lost D-minor violin concerto (BWV 1052R) and incompletely surviving D-major Sinfonia (BWV 1045), published by PRB Productions.
“Prodigy… Rojas, the piano and the music become one” - Los Angeles Times
“...an impressive performer in his own right …impassioned, hypnotic, insightful…superb tonal control” - New York Concert Review
Acclaimed pianist Dr. Erikson Rojas has celebrated a performing career throughout the world, highlighted by eight appearances at Carnegie Hall, New York. Concert tours and festivals have presented him in solo and chamber-music performances in European nations such as France, Italy, Germany, Hungary and Austria, as well as in the Latin-American countries of Mexico and Cuba, his native land. He has also been featured as soloist with various orchestras, including the Ocean City Pops Orchestra and the Vienna International Orchestra. Dr. Rojas is honored to have been one of five Americans and the only Hispanic in 30 pianists selected world-wide to participate at the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Through the aegis of Princess Cecilia de Medici, Dr. Rojas was a Fellow at numerous La Gesse Foundation Festivals. Participation in other national and international festivals has been sponsored by the Center for Musical Excellence, for which he recorded on their debut album on the MSR Classics label. Dr. Rojas won his first competition in Santa Clara, Cuba, at the age of nine, and went on to receive various awards and honors, including First Prize in Cuba's Amadeo Roldán and UNEAC Competitions. As a child prodigy, he was featured on CNN, as well as on several international radio and television broadcasts. In Pennsylvania, he won the Ambler Symphony Orchestra Competition and the Outstanding Young Christian Artists Competition (three consecutive years), among others.
As a scholarship student of Min Kwon and Juilliard’s Martin Canin, Dr. Rojas earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he was awarded the Saldarini Award, a Graduate Internship, and a Departmental Assistantship. At Rutgers he also received musicological tutelage from his doctoral advisor, Beethoven scholar Douglas Johnson. Dr. Rojas was also part of a winning ensemble in the school’s Chamber Music Competition. As a 5-year pupil of the legendary Leon Fleisher, Dr. Rojas completed the Master of Music degree and the Graduate Performance Diploma at Peabody Conservatory. There he also held a candidacy for the Artist Diploma, the school’s highest distinction in performance offering a full-tuition scholarship. Along with his studies in piano, he has also taken conducting lessons from eminent conductor Gustav Meier. Prior to Peabody, he studied piano and music history with Distinguished Professor Dr. Samuel Hsu at Cairn University, where he received his Bachelor degrees in Music/Piano Performance and in Science/Bible. At Cairn, Dr. Rojas also learned organ from Robert Carwithen. Earlier musical studies took place at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music under Madame Eleanor Sokoloff, and at Cuba’s A.G. Caturla Conservatory under Virginia de la Osa. Additional private instruction was received from renowned pianists Susan Starr, Charles Abramovic, and Paul Hoffmann. Other lessons and masterclasses were with Claude Frank, Jerome Lowenthal, Gary Graffman, Seymour Lipkin, Pavlina Dokovska, and Jorge Luis Prats, among others.
Dr. Rojas performs regularly on the east coast of the United States. He teaches piano privately, and having taught at Eastern and Cairn universities, he is now on faculty at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Csehy Summer School of Music, and Sounds of Manhattan International Music Festival and Competition. Having also served as Organist and Music Minister at First Baptist Church of Lansdale and at United Methodist Church of the Redeemer in Philadelphia, he currently holds the same position at Royal Palm Presbyterian Church in South Florida, where he resides with his beloved wife Diandra.
Graeme Burgan is an active professional musician, educator and administrator; originally from Adelaide, Australia, he now lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania with his wife and three sons.
As a collaborative pianist, Graeme has appeared in concert halls across Australia and the United States including performances with singers Alan Held and Suzanne Kompass; with composers Sean O’Boyle, Rollo Dilworth and Morten Lauridsen; and four Australia-wide tours with percussion virtuoso Nick Parnell.As a performer and repetiteur, Graeme has worked with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, State Opera of South Australia, Cairn University, University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and the Westminster Opera Theater. As a chorister, Graeme has performed with the Adelaide Chamber Singers, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Westminster Symphonic Choir, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.
Graeme is currently on the faculty of Cairn University, with past teaching appointments at Moravian College, Tabor Adelaide and Adelaide College of Ministries. Having earned graduate degrees in Music from Westminster Choir College and in Biblical Studies from Cairn University, Graeme has a particular interest in helping young Christian musicians find how their faith is integrated through professional artistic pursuits.
Since 2015, Graeme has served as the Executive Director of Csehy Summer School of Music, a summer program which hosts more than 240 teenagers and 40 faculty every July in Houghton New-York with the goal that musical excellence would be based in a gospel-centered community.
Lisa began playing cello at a very young age. In 2008, she earned a Masters of Music in cello performance from Carnegie Mellon University where she studied under Anne Martindale Williams, the principal cellist of the Pittsburgh symphony. Previously she earned her Bachelors of Music in cello performance from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford where she studied under Steven Thomas.
Lisa has performed in a number of orchestras over the years, including the Erie philharmonic, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and the Bremerton Symphony. In 2007, she sat principal at the National Repertory Orchestra festival in Breckinridge Colorado where she played under renowned conductors like Sir Andrew Davis, Gerard Schwarz, and JoAnn Falletta.
Lisa also enjoys teaching and has taught students of all ages. In 2009, she completed her Suzuki teacher training at The School for Strings in New York, studying under Pamela Devenport. She has also taught at the Csehy Summer School of Music.
Lisa is married to her husband, William, and they have two daughters, Annika and Lydia.
Dr. William John Newbrough, Professor of Piano and Director of Piano Studies at Houghton College, holds the Artist Diploma, Doctor of Musical Arts degree, and Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and the Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He has studied piano with Leon Fleisher, Haggai Niv, Gilbert Kalish, and Yoheved Kaplinsky. A veteran performer, Newbrough has won many international and national piano competitions and performed in numerous solo, chamber, and concerto engagements in the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, and Australia. Highlight venues have included Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and the Van Cliburn Piano Institute. He has been featured on "Great Discoveries" on the Discovery Channel, and his performances have also been broadcast on radio. Most recently, Bill John was named a Steinway Artist, won first prize at The American Prize, and his latest CD, "Acclamation!" was chosen to be eligible for a Grammy nomination. As both a sacred and classical pianist, he has performed his own hymn arrangements at churches, colleges, and charity/ benefit concerts. Bill John lives in Houghton, NY with his wife, Julia, and daughter, Julianna.
Amanda Harry holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. She maintains a private studio in Columbus, GA and is apprentice to Columbus State University’s piano technician, Sally Phillips. Amanda remains active in the local music scene through collaborating with other musicians in chamber concerts and recitals.
Janette LaBarre is Professor of Instrumental Music at Houghton College. She has studied conducting with Kenneth Keisler, Tomas Netopil, Larry Rachleff, Donald Schleicher, Paul Shewan, Markand Thakar and Kirk Trevor. LaBarre has directed
the Adelphi University Players, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic and the New Symphony Orchestra of Sophia, Bulgaria. She has worked with the Baltimore and Boulder Chamber Orchestras, and the Roberts
Wesleyan College Community Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Last fall LaBarre was assistant conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. She was the founder and director of the WestSide Chamber Ensemble in Rochester, NY. LaBarre has been interim professor of music at Roberts Wesleyan College, allowing her to teach conducting and trumpet.
LaBarre holds both a Master of Music degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Roberts Wesleyan College and has taught at Rochester Christian School in Webster, NY, and with the Churchville-Chili School District. She
has directed the bands at the Csehy Summer School of Music since 2013, and also serves on their board of directors.
LaBarre is a very active musician, having performed trumpet with the RWCCO and various other ensembles year round. She performed principal trumpet with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on their Side-by-Side Concert last year.
Dr. Laurissa Backlin, soprano, is Assistant Professor of Music at Delta State University where she teaches studio voice, lyric diction, song literature, and aural skills. She received the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from University of North Texas where she studied with Dr. Lynn Eustis and was the recipient of a Master’s/Doctoral Fellowship. She received her Master’s degree in vocal performance from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and her Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Wheaton College (IL).
As soprano soloist, Dr. Backlin has sung in performances of Fauré's Requiem, Vivaldi's Gloria and Beatus Vir, Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt, and Dixit Dominus, Bach’s Cantatas 93 and 140, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Schubert’s Mass in G Major, Haydn’s St. Nicolai Mass, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien. She has premiered new works by composer Christopher Mills at Western Oregon University. As soloist, she has performed with the DSU Jazz Ensemble, and with UNT Collegium Singers at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and at Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, TX. With the UNT opera, she performed the role of Esmerelda in the opera Prodaná Nevĕsta (The Bartered Bride) by Bedřich Smetana. As a professional chorister, she sings with The Choral Pickup in Atlanta, GA, the chamber ensemble Ictus in Southaven, MS, and with the Tennessee Chamber Chorus in Chattanooga, TN. She was a professional member of the Orpheus Chamber Singers in Dallas, with whom she has sung as soloist. She was also a professional member of The Philadelphia Singers. She recently performed in a guest recital at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and presented new works at Western Oregon University. She presented a lecture-recital in February 2016 focused on the pedagogical benefits of duets in the undergraduate voice studio at College Music Society Conference at Birmingham-Southern College.
Dr. Backlin has been a committed voice teacher for over fifteen years. Prior to coming to Delta State, she was an Adjunct Professor of Music at Dallas Christian College where she taught studio voice, voice class, music history, and sightsinging/eartraining. She has been a guest master class clinician at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR, Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX, and Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. She was on the music faculty at Csehy Summer School of Music in Houghton, NY in July 2016 and will return in July 2017. She was the class voice and musical theater instructor at the Mississippi Summer Arts Institute in June 2015. As a Teaching Fellow at University of North Texas, Dr. Backlin taught studio voice to music education, jazz and Bachelor of Arts majors, as well as class voice for music education instrumental majors. She was also a Teaching Assistant at Temple University, and she maintained private voice studios at the Conservatory of Musical Arts in Haddonfield, NJ and the Arts School at Prince of Peace in Carrollton, TX. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and College Music Society.
Born and raised in Hershey, PA, Melody (Brubaker) Cliff was a violin student of Odin Rathnam. A graduate of Lancaster Bible College, Melody earned a bachelor’s of science along with her Pennsylvania State and ACSI Music Education certification K-12. During college, she studied violin with Michael T. Jamanis as a scholarship student in the Institute program at the PA Academy of Music, where she was concertmaster of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Summer music festivals have included full scholarships to the PA Governor’s School for the Arts and the “Music Naturally” Summer Institute at the PA Academy of Music. In 2013, Melody received her Master of Music Performance degree from West Chester University, where she studied violin with Sylvia Arhamjian.
Currently Melody performs with the Allegro Orchestra of Lancaster and as a freelance violinist in the greater Lancaster area. In the past, she has performed with the Lancaster Symphony, York Symphony, and Central PA Symphony. Melody has served on the violin faculty at the Csehy Summer School of Music since 2008.
Professionally, Mrs. Cliff is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the American String Teachers Association. Through ASTA, she was honored as the 2010 Outstanding New String Teacher for the Pennsylvania/Delaware chapter. She is the middle and high school orchestra director and string teacher in the Lower Dauphin School District in Hummelstown, PA, where she has taught for 9 years.
Melody lives in downtown Lancaster with her husband, Bill, and 1 year old son, Griffin.
Sean is a previous counselor, photographer, and alumnus of Csehy Summer School of Music. He completed his bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance at Charleston Southern University under Artist-in-Residence, Mark Sterbank. He has also studied with William Clemons, Doug Earlenbaugh, Keith Philbrick, and Marshal Taylor. Sean was the recipient of the Bailey Scholarship for Musical Excellence and Christian Character and was selected for the Intercollegiate Honors Band of South Carolina for three years. He performed with the Andrew Thielen Big Band as well as many ensembles at Charleston Southern University. Sean has taught private saxophone lessons since 2002.
Alice Meyer is on the administrative staff at the Eastman School of Music, and teaches clarinet and clarinet choir at Roberts Wesleyan College. She earned both her Master of Music Degree in Pedagogy of Music Theory, and her Bachelor of Music Degree in Applied Music and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Her teachers include D. Stanley Hasty, Daniel Johnston, and Richard Joiner. In addition to being a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra clarinet section, she also plays with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, and performs frequently throughout the Rochester area. In March of 2008, Meyer performed with colleague Michael Landrum at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA. Meyer is a contributor and reviewer for The Clarinet, the quarterly magazine of the International Clarinet Association. She has taught at the Csehy Summer School of Music at Houghton College for the past 10 years.
Barbara Hull is a trumpet performer and teacher and makes her home in Rochester, New York. She performs regularly with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Skaneateles Summer Music Festival, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Oratorio Society and the Kunde Chorale. Ms. Hull teaches applied trumpet, brass and conducting at Nazareth College. She also teaches trumpet at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance and is the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra brass coach. Barbara directs the concert band and teaches trumpet and music theory at the Csehy Summer School of Music, which is held on the beautiful campus of Houghton College in Houghton, NY.
Ms. Hull earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with James Thompson and was Assistant Conductor of the Eastman Brass Guild. She earned her Masters Degree at Eastman in the studio of Charles Geyer. She is a recipient of Eastman's Performer's Certificate, and, as the winner of Eastman's Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Concerto Competition, performed as soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under Donald Hunsberger. Barbara served as principal trumpet of the Eastman Wind Ensemble during a recent collaboration between the EWE and the Canadian Brass. The CD for that project, Manhattan Music, was released in 2008.
Barbara was Principal Trumpet with the Albany Symphony Orchestra from 1995-1998, recording with the orchestra under the Decca and Albany Records labels. She played with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra from 2000-2003. While living in Albuquerque, she also performed regularly with the New Mexico Brass Quintet, the New Mexico Symphony Brass Quintet, the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, and Opera Southwest. She has also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestras.
Barbara completed her undergraduate work at Houghton College, where she earned the B.Mus. degree and studied with Dr. Harold McNiel. Other instructors include Mark Gould, Robert Earley, Niklas Eklund, and David Kuehn. Ms. Hull has participated in master classes with Barbara Butler, Vincent Cichowicz and Allen Vizzutti.
Mrs. Hull can be heard on the following recordings:
Barbara Hull has taught trumpet at the Csehy Summer School of Music since 1986.
Russell Scarbrough is a composer and trombonist living in Rochester, New York. He studied composition with Hank Levy at Towson State University, and Bill Dobbins at the Eastman School of Music. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Eastman in 2008.
As a trombonist, Scarbrough was Assistant Principal Trombone in the Gettysburg Symphony Orchestra from 1990-1995, performing the Rimsky-Korsakov Concerto for Trombone during the 1992-1993 season. He studied trombone with John Gifford, John Melick, Wayne Wells, Harry Watters, Mark Kellogg, and John Marcellus. As a performer, he has shared the stage with a host of jazz greats, including Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Bob Brookmeyer, Johnny Mathis, Marian McPartland, Peter Erskine, Dick Oatts, Rufus Reid, Bob Sheppard, Conrad Herwig, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Chuck Mangione, Pat LaBarbera, John Nugent, Byron Stripling, Marvin Stamm, Frank Tiberi, John Fedchock, Danny Gottlieb, Gary Foster, Barry Harris, Joey Sellers, Frank Vignola, Chuck Marohnic, Greg Hopkins, Jim Snidero, and Charlie Byrd.
As a composer, Scarbrough’s compelling, visceral works reflect a diverse array of musical resources, drawing equal parts from the jazz tradition and contemporary classical music. His music is unabashedly melodic, full of rich contrasts characterized by an avoidance of cliché. Recently, his lifelong interest and study of modern concert music has led him to develop a body of distinctive works in the chamber idiom.
Scarbrough’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by the American Jazz Composers Orchestra, US Army Blues, US Naval Academy “Next Wave” Jazz Ensemble, Al Chez & the Brothers of Funk, Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Anchorage Concert Chorus & Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Bemus Bay Pops, ensemble.twenty.21, the Irrera Brothers Duo, and VocaSynth. Prominent jazz soloists include Bob Sheppard, Charles Pillow, Clay Jenkins, Eric Alexander, Harry Watters, and Stefon Harris.
From 2005-2013, Scarbrough was the director of the Roberts Wesleyan College Jazz Ensemble. Since 2003, he has been the principal arranger for the Bemus Bay Pops Orchestra, arranging more than 50 works for orchestra.
David Clem is a doctoral candidate in Historical Musicology and Theory at the University at Buffalo, SUNY where he is completing his dissertation “O Fortuna” and the Mythic Medieval: A Study in Multimedia Reception under the guidance of Dr. James Currie. His research interests include the theory and history of musical multimedia, music and philosophy, and the application of linguistic models from semiotics and pragmatics to music.
He regularly presents research at the Music and the Moving Image Conference held annually at NYU’s Steinhardt School, on topics ranging from Aaron Copland’s score to Our Town (1940), to a comparative analysis of the opening credit sequences of Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980) and Hawaii Five-0 (2010-). He has also delivered papers in various formats at the Society for American Music, where he looks forward to a delivering a poster presentation this March on the use of “O Fortuna” in recent television commercials. His recently published essay “Music, Magic, and the Intermedial Gap: Or How Music Aids the Adaptation Process in the Harry Potter Films,” appears in Harry Potter Intermedial: Untersuchungen zu den (Film-) Welten von Joanne K. Rowling, edited by Tobias Kuriwinkel (Konighausen & Neumann, 2014), and explores how the affective and narrative properties of music effect current theories on the adaptation of literature to film.
In addition to his musicological research, David is active as a composer and violist in the Buffalo (NY) area. He is a violist with and board member of the Amherst Chamber Ensembles, Inc., and also performs as a section player with the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Tier Symphony.
Ian has a degree in music performance with high honors from The SCCC School of Music at Schenectady County Community College and a bachelor's degree in Music Education with a concentration in music composition from Houghton College. Ian is currently pursuing a master's of music in percussion performance from Houghton.
Ian has performed with a number of professional ensembles in the New York area including The Southern Tier Symphony, The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, The Capital Region Wind Ensemble, MPB-3, The Glove City Winds, and has had the opportunity to participate in orchestral, wind ensemble, percussion and jazz ensembles during his time at SCCC and Houghton. Furthermore, Ian worked with various local high schools in presenting their annual musical theatre productions, including Hello, Dolly!, Seussical, The Addams Family, and others.
Ian is a founding staff member of the Mohonasen High School Winter Percussion Ensemble, and has worked with the front ensemble of the Mohonasen High School Marching Band.
Ian is also founding member of the VANGARDE percussion group out of Houghton, New York.
Cellist Eric Jones received his master’s degree in cello performance at Temple University where he studied with Deborah Reeder and Orlando Cole. Eric received the Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University (Deland, FL) after studying with David Bjella. He has attended the Schlern International Music Festival (Sudtirol,Italy), the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Brevard Music Center, studying with cellists George Work, Elizabeth Simkin, and Ron Leonard. He has performed in masterclasses with Mischa Maisky, Vagram Saradjian, David Ying, and members of the Emerson String Quartet.
Eric has performed with the Haddonfield Symphony, Temple University Symphony, and Stetson University Symphony Orchestra, among other orchestras. He has also performed in many chamber music ensembles, including the Cripple Creek Quartet, Barron String Quartet, and the Broad Street Quartet, of which he was a founding member. He has participated in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the collegiate chamber music competition of the Music Teachers’ National Association.
Eric teaches elementary and middle school strings in the School District of Philadelphia, instructing group lessons and conducting string orchestras in five schools. He has taught privately and coached chamber music since 1997. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Christine, and their two children, David and Andrew. He has been on faculty at Csehy since 2004.
Violinist Natalie Rudoi enjoys a diverse career in solo, chamber, and orchestral performance. Currently, she holds the position of assistant principal 2nd violin in Symphony in C, under the direction of Stilian Kirov. Natalie frequently performs with the Delaware Symphony and has also appeared as a guest musician with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Jurowski, Bramwell Tovey, Christopher Warren-Greene, David Amado, and Rossen Milanov. An avid educator, Natalie is a Teaching Artist for Symphony in C’s Music Education program and also serves on the faculty of the Csehy Summer School of Music and the School of Music at Cairn University.
Born in Philadelphia, PA, Natalie began her studies on violin at the age of five. Her primary teachers include Kimberly Fisher (principal 2nd violin of the Philadelphia Orchestra), and Yumi Ninomiya Scott (faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music). Natalie is an alumna of Temple Prep’s Center for Gifted Young Artists where she was a Starling Scholar recipient. She made her solo debut at the age of 15 with the Cairn University Orchestra as first place winner of the Outstanding Young Christian Artists Competition. She was also a two-time finalist in the prestigious Albert M. Greenfield Competition and has appeared as soloist with the Kennett Symphony Orchestra, the Manalapan Battleground Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony in C. Natalie has been featured on Philadelphia’s WRTI-FM Classical and Jazz radio and regularly performs solo recitals throughout the Philadelphia area. As a student at the ENCORE School for Strings and the Philadelphia International Music Festival, she has given many solo and chamber performances and has worked with members of the Cavani String Quartet, the Cleveland Quartet, Zuill Bailey, Bruce Uchimura, and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Natalie Rudoi completed both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her primary studies were under David Cerone, Linda Cerone, and William Preucil (Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra). Natalie currently performs on a Joseph Gagliano violin, Naples c. 1789.
Bethany Brooks is a freelance pianist and piano teacher in the greater Philadelphia area. She holds the BMus in piano performance from Houghton College, the MMus in piano performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the MMus in collaborative piano and chamber music from Temple University, where she studied with Lambert Orkis. Bethany was a prizewinner in the 2001 Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition, where she performed for György Sándor.
Among other places, Bethany has performed as a soloist and collaborative artist in New York, Nashville, London, Mexico City, Odessa, and Istanbul. She has accompanied performances of oboist József Kiss, violinist Stephen Clapp, cellist Anne Martindale Williams, and the Crossing Choir and has served as staff pianist for the Crescendo Summer Institute in eastern Hungary since 2008. With violinist Samuel Nebyu, she recorded a collection of works by composers of African descent, released in 2017 by BCM&D Records. Bethany is principal pianist for the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra.
Her musical interests vary widely. She became active in the Philadelphia folk and rock music scene in 2006 and has drawn from this experience in her role as Director of Musical Worship at City Church, a congregation in West Philadelphia, and in her solo recording project, Quarry Street Hymnal. A current collaboration, color as time, features compositions by Joshua Stamper, whose work blurs lines between classical, jazz, folk, and experimental textures.
After volunteering for many years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a child in Philadelphia’s foster care system, Bethany currently volunteers as a reading tutor for local elementary school children.
Bethany first served as a Csehy faculty member in 2002.
Dr. Emily Britton, a native of Rochester, New York, currently serves as Consortium Instructor of Horn at the University of Evansville and Principal Horn of the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras. As part of the University of Evansville faculty, she is a member of the Shepard Brass and Harlaxton Wind Quintets, and since moving to Indiana, she has become a frequent substitute with the Louisville Orchestra and Orchestra Kentucky. Dr. Britton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College, a Master of Music Performance and Literature degree from Eastman School of Music, and a Doctor of Music degree in Brass Performance from Florida State University. She has studied with Michelle Stebleton, W. Peter Kurau, and Jennifer Burch.
Before joining the faculty at University of Evansville, Dr. Britton was a member of the USAF Heritage of America Band, stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. During her tenure with the Air Force, she performed with the Heritage Brass, the Langley Winds, and the concert band. In five years of service, she gave over four hundred performances of various kinds throughout the East Coast, giving master classes at various universities and high schools and enjoying several particularly unique opportunities, such as playing the National Anthem for millions of NASCAR and Major League Baseball fans and performing the music of Glenn Miller in the streets of Poland. While living in Virginia, Dr. Britton also became a frequent substitute horn player with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Before entering the military, Dr. Britton appeared regularly with the Tallahassee Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the Mobile Symphony, the Pensacola Symphony and Opera, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and served as Principal Horn of the Northwest Florida Symphony and the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra. She was awarded second place in the collegiate division of the International Horn Competition of America in 2009.
Dr. Britton has been a member of the Csehy family since she was in fifth grade, and has the rare distinction of being faculty dependent, student, staff, counselor, and, since 2004, a member of the faculty.
Hannah Pak grew up in Philadelphia, and has benefited from its public school Philly Music programs, receiving free weekly lessons on the violin, clarinet, and the harp. In addition to the school orchestral and choral ensembles, she participated in the Phila All-City Orchestra and Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, and went to Settlement Music School and Summer Camp. It is through these experiences that she desired to become a music teacher. She received her Bachelor in Music Education with emphasis on Violin Performance from Cairn University, where she studied with Bernie Berman, and his father, the late Louis Berman (original member of the Curtis Quartet), and Xiao-fu Zhao. She also studied with Helen Kwalwasser while pursuing her Masters degree in Music History at Temple University.
Currently, she is the Orchestra Director at Unami Middle School in Central Bucks School District, finishing her 12th year teaching grades 7-9. She also taught at Cheltenham School District prior to this position. Hannah is an active freelance violinist in the Greater Philadelphia area, including 20 years with Academy Choral and Chamber Society (Michael Kemp, director), Upper Dubkin Choristers, Bach and Handel Chorale, Cairn University Orchestra, Lower Merion Symphony, Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, U PENN Symphony (Thomas Hong, director/brother), and local churches. In the past, she performed with the Delaware Symphony and Bay-Atlantic Symphony. She also teaches privately at the Pak Studio.
Ms. Pak is married to Rev. Micah Pak, an Administrative Pastor at Yuong Sang Presbyterian Church in Horsham, where she teaches Bible Study for the youth group. Her passion for music, faith and youth all come together at Csehy, where she has been on faculty since 2015. They have three children--Sara, Sammy, Solomon (Soli), who are all string players. She is trying to master the art of managerial skills of scheduling four musicians' rehearsals and performances, along with sports, school and church events.
An advocate for the performance and education of new music in solo and chamber settings, flutist Kathryn Scarbrough has been the artistic director & founding member of ENSEMBLE.TWENTY.21, founding member of Fem Vindar [a woodwind quintet], and VocaSynth duo with clarinetist Marcy Bacon. Performances include the Eastman School of Music's Women in Music Festival, 'Live from Hochstein' NPR Radio Broadcast, Guest Artist Series at Nazareth College, Houghton College, and Roberts Wesleyan College, National Flute Association's Annual Convention (2008, 2012, 2015, 2016), Hochstein's Spotlight on Faculty Series, a recent recording of compositions arranged/directed by Jazz Professor Bill Dobbins, of The Eastman School, and the Davis Cup International Tennis Touranment (Live ESPN). She has collaborated with flutists Tereasa Payne, Ali Ryerson, and Peter Sheridan and composers Bill Dobbins, Cary Ratcliffe, Sun Mi Ro, Russell Scarbrough, and William Kleinsasser.
An accomplished educator, clinician, & adjudicator, Ms. Scarbrough has more than 20 years of experience. Her students regularly win solo performance competitions, district & state band auditions, gain scholarship acceptance into elite music conservatories and prominent schools of music throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She served on the flute faculty, as Assistant Dean, Co-Chair of the Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Department, and Director of the Flute Choir and Scholarship Flute Choir at the Hochstein School of Music & Dance in Rochester, NY. She has taught the seminar, Entrepreneurship in Music at Nazareth College (NY) and FLUTETREK: An interactive approach to Extended Techniques for the Rochester Flute Association, Inc. with flutist colleague, Deborah Parker.
She holds the degrees of Master of Music in Flute Performance from Arizona State University School of Music and Bachelor of Science in Flute Performance from Towson University - both with high distinction, and was principal flute/piccolo in the US Marine Corps Band in Quantico, VA from 1997-99.
A native of Rochester, New York, Joshua Britton earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College and a Master’s in Trombone Performance from Florida State University. A father of two, Joshua currently lives in Evansville, Indiana, where he is an active freelance trombonist throughout the tristate area. He is a frequent substitute with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a member of the nationally touring music-telling troupe Tales & Scales; Shepard Brass, the University of Evansville faculty brass quintet; the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra 2nd Street Big Band; and River Brass. Joshua has also performed with Orchestra Kentucky Bowling Green, Tidewater Winds, Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble, Hampton Roads Philharmonic, Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra, USAF Heritage of America Band, US Coast Guard Ceremonial Band, Northern Neck Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and others. Joshua is a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, spaghetti westerns, novelist Philip Roth, and red-headed horn players. In addition to music, Joshua is an active writer, and has published several works of fiction and non-fiction.